It is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the world and now MMA is coming west. A major MMA event is taking place in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, on Sunday August 3, with some of the top competitors in the county coming to town to do battle for the inaugural West Cage Fighting Championships. This is an opportunity for fans of the sport to witness firsthand the spectacle of an all-out, full-scale MMA event. There will be 10 fights over the course of the night, with each contest being decided over three, three-minute, rounds.
Some of the big name attractions on the night include John Kavanagh from SBG, who is travelling to Mayo with his coach John Kavanagh, and former Irish international rugby player Peter Bracken.
The local team is made-up of fighters from Westport, Castlebar, and Crossmolina, with Castlebar's Alex Masuku fighting for a shot at the welterweight WCFC title in November. The official weigh-in takes place in Rocky's Bar, Castlebar, at 2pm on August 2.
The sponsors of the event are Moran’s Bus Hire, Le Patisseria, Di Angelo, Portwest, Apache pizza, Castlebar Don Carlitos Italian Trattoria, Rocky’s Pub, Togher Tyres, Office Pro, JC'S Take way, Al Muretto and the Welcome Inn Hotel.